European Value Wines Tasting at Table Wine in Asheville, North Carolina.

Euro-Zone Extreme Value Wines – Try Three For Free Wine Tasting

Saturday, July 8 from 2-5 p.m. – Make your Saturday great with a free wine tasting showcasing some extreme value wines from Europe. All 3 wines are new, they’re delicious, and they’re grossly under-priced.

The producers throughout the Euro-zone continue to put out the greatest wine values in the world, and I keep buying them!  Join us as we pour you a trio of new, budget friendly wines from Spain and Austria.  Up first, it’s a Sauvignon Blanc-like Verdejo-driven blend from Spain’s Telmo Rodriguez.  Fresh and zesty, this is a great summertime wine.  After that, it’s the dry rosé from Austria’s Anton Bauer — light, tart, refreshing and crisp, it’s really good this year.  To finish, it’s a really special treat in the form of a pre-aged Ribera del Duero.  Translated, it means you are going to get to try (and possibly buy) an eight year old Tempranillo that is in fine form.  Oh yeah, it’s less than $15 too…….and we bought it all!  Stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

1. 2015 Telmo Rodriguez “Basa” Rueda Blanco (Rueda, Spain) – Rueda is located in the western part of Spain, and it has become a hub for fresh and zesty white wines based on the Verdejo grape.  Telmo Rodriguez, one of Spain’s pioneering winemakers, blends 90% Verdejo with 10% Viura to create a lovely and refreshing white wine.  Laced with notes of exotic tropical fruits, citrus, herb and mineral, it is a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2016 Anton Bauer Rosé (Wagram, Austria) – Born in 1971, Anton Bauer is the fourth generation to manage his family’s 25 hectare vineyard and winery.  His dry rosé is a blend of nearly equal parts Zweigelt, Merlot and Syrah and it is fermented in stainless steel.  Dry, super crisp, and offering up flavors of tart cherry, cranberry, citrus, and white flowers, it is the perfect wine to beat the heat of summer.
Tasting Price: $11.69 in mixed 3-packs | $11.04 in mixed 6-packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

2. 2009 Torrederos Ribera del Duero Roble (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – One of my distributor reps tasted me on this one a few weeks back and I bought all 20 cases he had to offer.  Ever tried Tempranillo with 8 years of aged under its belt?  Here’s your chance!  Offering up savory and complex aromas of smoked meat, spice, leather and dried fruit, this one fleshes out on the palate with rounded and sweet dark fruit and lots of secondary complexity.
Tasting Price: $13.49 in mixed 3-packs | $12.74 in mixed 6-packs | $11.99 in mixed cases

Josh Spurling
Owner/Operator at Table Wine

Taste some robust European Red Wines at Table Wine in Asheville, NC.

Free on Fridays Wine Tasting – Robust European Red Wines

Friday, February 17th from 4-7pm — Get your weekend off to a good start with free wine tasting featuring some hearty and robust European Reds!

This is guaranteed to be the best free wine tasting in Asheville as we’ll be pulling the corks on some fuller styled, full flavored and complex European red wines.  First in the lineup is the fresh and lively Chat Fou Cotes du Rhone from France’s Eric Texier.  Primarily Grenache, with 20% white varietals, it is plump, juicy, earthy and spicy with notes of red fruits, white pepper, earth and forest floor.  Up next is the stunning, Wine Advocate 92 point rated Monastrell from Enrique Mendoza, one of Spain’s masters of the varietal. Warm, rich, and laced with spicy dark fruit, this soft and full bodied red sells for less than $15!  To finish up, you’ll get to sample a true masterpiece of Spain’s Ribera del Duero zone.  100% Tempranillo from the hot, dry, and sun drenched vineyards, the Torre de Golban Reserva is firm, layered, and complex with notes of dark fruits, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate and exotic spices………it’s also less than $25 which is incredibly rare for Ribera Reservas.  All you have to do is stop by, taste, learn and save big on all of the tasting wines.

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The Wines
Save big on all of the tasting wines!  Mix any 3 of them and save 10%, mix any 6 and save 15%, or mix any 12 and save 20%!

1. 2014 Eric Texier Cotes du Rhone Rouge “Chat Fou” (Rhone Valley, France) – Eric Texier is one crazy cat (Chat Fou means pesky or crazy cat) and we are told that many of his winemaking friends refer to him with that nickname.  He has no formal winemaking training, he makes close to 30 different wines, and he has a cult following…..we are members of that “cult.”  This one is 80% Grenache with 20% white varietals (Clairette, Viognier, Chasselas) that comes from various parts of the Rhone.  It is pure, soulful, highly drinkable red wine from one of our favorite producers.
Tasting Price: $15.29 on mixed 3-packs | $14.44 on mixed 6-packs | $13.59 on mixed cases

2. 2014 Enrique Mendoza Monastrell “La Tremenda”  (Alicante, Spain) – One of the great Monastrell champions and red wine producers of Southern Spain, this wine is an absolute joy to drink.  “La Tremenda” is a single plot of old Monastrell vines grown in the rugged and arid region of Alicante………..the vine truly struggles here and the resulting wines are intense and distinctive.  This year’s release is incredible when you consider the price — full bodied, silken in texture, and lengthy on the finish, it offers up ripe and accessible notes of dark cherry, blueberry, plum and cocoa.  92 points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

3. 2012 Atalayas Torre de Golban Reserva (Ribera del Duero, Spain) – We poured this not long ago at our first Super Saturday Wine Tasting and it was the first wine to sell out.  The sister winery and neighbor to the region’s famed Dominio de Atuata, this is 100% Tempranillo (from 60-80 year old vineyards) and it exudes classic Ribera del Duero sophistication, power, and class.  Just over 350 cases were produced and the wine saw 18 months aging in French oak barriques.  Showing firm, yet ripe notes of dark fruits along with tons of secondary complexity, this is one of the best Ribera Riservas we’ve ever offered for the price……………these wines tend to start at $35 and go up from there.  Enjoy!
Tasting Price: $22.49 on mixed 3-packs | $21.24 on mixed 6-packs | $19.99 on mixed cases

European Wine Values

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting – New European Wine Arrivals

Try Three for Free Wine Tasting this Saturday, February 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 – Join us to try some fabulous new European wines – Stop by Table Wine every Saturday for Asheville’s best free wine tasting. We’ve been tasting literally hundreds of wines over the past month and the store is stocked with a bunch of new and delicious wines.  We can’t wait to share them with you!  Stop by, taste, learn and save up to 20% off on all of the featured tasting wines.

All of the featured tasting wines are on sale the day of the tasting: take 10% off if you mix any 3, 15% off if you mix any 6, or 20% off if you mix any 12.

The Wines

1. 2014 Domaine de Menard Cotes de Gascogne Blanc (Southwestern France) – The white wines of the Gascogne region are some of the best values in the world, and this one is a prime example.  A blend of Colombard and Ugni Blanc, it is very reminiscent of Sauvignon Blanc.  Fresh, crisp, and packed with tangy/tart apple, citrus, and green herb nuances, it’s hard to drink just one glass.
Tasting Price: $10.79 on mixed 3-packs | $10.19 on mixed 6-packs | $9.59 on mixed cases

2. 2012 Fattoria del Cerro Rosso di Montepulciano (Tuscany, Italy) – Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media called this “one of the best Tuscan wines in its price range and a real overachiever.”  He’s right!  Trust us folks, you will not get a more authentically styled Sangiovese-based red wine than this.  Galloni goes on to say the wine offers an “exotic mélange of dark red and black cherries, leather, smoke, incense, spices and smoke.”  He’s right again!  Don’t miss your chance to sample one of the best Tuscan red wine values in the store.  89 points Vinous Media
Tasting Price: $13.49 on mixed 3-packs | $12.74 on mixed 6-packs | $11.99 on mixed cases

3. 2012 Enrique Mendoza Monastrell “La Tremenda” (Alicante, Spain) – Luis Gutierrez of The Wine Advocate says that for “an entry-level this has superb quality and an incredible price tag.”  He goes on to suggest purchasing this one by the case.  We concur 100%!  The wine is based entirely on Monastrelll (aka Mourvedre) and it thrives in the warm climate of Southern Spain.  Ripe, full bodied, rich and offering velvety-soft texture, this wine is a real overachiever.  91+ points The Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $12.59 on mixed 3-packs | $11.89 on mixed 6-packs | $11.19 on mixed cases

Free Western European Wine Tasting

Exploring Western European Wines

The Best Free Wine Tasting in Asheville – Saturday, June 6th from 2-5 p.m. – Join Brian Bouressa of Mutual Distributing for a free tasting where we’ll be exploring a number of Western European wines.  This week, we’ll focus on some of the well known as well as the lesser known wines of Spain and Italy.  From Rioja and Tuscany to the Italian island of Sardinia, we’ll pour and discuss wines from these classic growing zones.  The tasting is free to the public, and the wines are all worth trying.  Stop by any time between 2-5 p.m., taste, learn, and save up to 20% on all of the tasting wines.

The Wines

1. 2014 Argiolas Vermentino “Costamolino” (Sardinia, Italy): Sardinia does wonderful things with the Vermentino grape, and Argiolas (one of the island’s oldest producers) consistently produces one of the most reliable versions.  The new vintage is showing all of the hallmark characteristics of the grape with a nice mix of fresh, crisp, and exotic tropical fruits and sunny floral notes.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

2. 2011 Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Pomal Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain): Like many of the famous Rioja producers, Bodegas Bilbainas makes a good amount of wine.  That doesn’t mean it tastes mass produced — far from it, this 100% Tempranillo-based Rioja shows nice complexity and some savory nuances at a very moderate price. Earthy red fruits and spices mix to create a nice, firm style of Rioja for sipping with or without food.  87 points Wine Spectator
Tasting Price: $11.69/bottle | $11.04 in mixed six packs | $10.39 in mixed cases

3. 2011 Bodegas Palacios Remondo Rioja “La Montesa” (Rioja, Spain): The very talented Alvaro Palacios oversees production at this old Rioja Alavesa estate.  It’s a unique Rioja in the sense that the primary grape is Garnacha and not Tempranillo.  From a single, organically farmed vineyard and based on a blend of 70% Garnacha, 25% Tempranillo, and 5% Mazuelo, it sees a year of aging in French oak before it is bottled.  Supple, plush, and generous, it offers up a nice mix of ripe cherry, raspberry, plum, and vanilla notes.  91 points Wine Advocate
Tasting Price: $16.19/bottle | $15.29 in mixed six packs | $14.39 in mixed cases

4. 2010 Sella E Mosca Cannonau Reserva (Sardinia, Italy): Like Argiolas (Wine #1), Sella E Mosca is one of Sardinia’s oldest and most respected producers, and this is their flagship wine.  100% Cannonau (aka Grenache), this is a classic Italian red that shows plenty of grip and power combined with a complex mix of earth, spice and herb accented red fruit.  Drink this ridiculous value now and over the next 5 to 7 years.
Tasting Price: $15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases

5. Surprise Wine: We like to throw a good surprise your way every once in awhile.  Trust us, this is a really good surprise.  How’s a 91 point rated, under $15 bottle of Tuscan red wine sound?  You might want to stop by.

Eric Solomon European Cellars Wine Tasting

Eric Solomon European Cellars Wine Tasting

Asheville’s Best Free Wine Tasting – Eric Solomon European Cellars Wine Tasting – Saturday, May 30th from 2-5 p.m. – Charlotte, NC based importer Eric Solomon has made a name for himself as one of the best in the business when it comes to finding great wines at great prices.  Specializing in wines from small, family owned and operated estates throughout France and Spain, Eric works with producers who emphasize “place over process.”  Stop by the store this Saturday for an expanded lineup of his highly rated, hard to resist wines.  Taste, learn, and save up to 20% every Saturday at Table Wine.

The Wines

1. 2013 Burgans Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain): While Eric deals mainly in estate wines, this is one of the exceptions.  Burgans is a custom cuvée made for European Cellars by Martin Codax, the largest cooperative in Rías-Baixas.  It is consistently recognized by the wine press as one of the best value Albarinos produced, and the 2013 is no exception.  From 20+ year old vineyards, it is fermented in stainless steel, and then aged on the lees (with regular stirring) for three months.  “A custom cuvee put together by Eric Solomon, it offers crisp, fresh, lively honeysuckle, white peach and apricot notes, medium-bodied, dry flavors, and lots of fruit and perfume. It is a perfect foil for all types of seafood.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 89 points
$14.39/bottle | $13.59 in mixed six packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

2. 2014 Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire (Roussillon, France): This one is our Wine of the Weeks (it’s on sale through Tuesday, June 9th), and you can read all about it by clicking here.  “With beautiful minerality, stone fruits, saltiness and citrus blossom, the 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Centenaire Blanc (80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne) is medium-bodied, fresh, crisp and pure. It’s a year in, year out, spectacular value that should not be missed.” – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate – 91 points
$15.29/bottle | $14.44 in mixed six packs | $13.59 in mixed cases
Special Wine of the Weeks Price: $12.99/bottle by the solid case!

3. 2012 Chateau Pesquié Cotes du Ventoux “Cuvée Terrasses” (Rhone Valley, France): Chateau Pesquié is one of the leading producers in the Ventoux in France’s Southern Rhone Valley.  Brothers Alexandere and Frederic Chaudiere craft this unforgettable blend of Grenache (70% from 60+ year old vines) and Syrah (30% from 30+ year old vines) that consistently ranks as one of the best red wine values in the world.   “It offers up a gorgeously pure, supple and seamless profile with kirsch and berry-styled fruit, licorice and spring flower-like qualities all emerging from the glass.” – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate – 92 points
$14.39/bottle | $13.59 in mixed six packs | $12.79 in mixed cases

4. 2012 Tikves Bela Voda Red Blend (Macedonia): How often do you get the chance to try a 94 point rated Macedonian red wine?  We’ll go ahead and answer that for you………rarely!  Coming from Macedonia and under the guidance of French wine consulting guru Philippe Cambie, Tikves continues to produce high quality, value priced wines that over deliver.   “The 2012 Bela Voda tastes like a top-quality Zinfandel from California with its briar, plum, licorice and underbrush-driven aromas and flavors. A blend of 50% Vranac and 50% Plavac that spent 15 months in 30% concrete tanks and 70% in new and 1-year-old barrels, enjoy this full-bodied, beautifully balanced and silky red over the coming 3-5 years. Although, in this case, I’d be shocked to see this not still going strong at age ten. At 23 bucks, it’s a smoking value.” – Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate – 92 t0 94 points
$20.69/bottle | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

5. 2012 Black Slate Priorat “La Vieilla Alta” (Priorat, Spain): The Black Slate line of Priorats are a joint venture between Eric Solomon and some of his top Priorat estates.  The goal is to show the drinker/consumer the different terroirs of Priorat, one of Spain’s most significant wine regions.  This one comes from Bodegas Mas Alta, and is made with fruit from vineyards at 1,000+ feet of elevation and from old vines. “Copious notes of black cherry and black currant fruit intermixed with subtle spice, vanillin, crushed rock and spring flowers are found in this medium-bodied, elegant, stylish 2012. A blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Carignan and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, it was aged 12 months in French oak, of which 60% was new. It should drink well for 3-6 years.” – Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate – 90 points
$20.69/bottle | $19.54 in mixed six packs | $18.39 in mixed cases

Free wine tasting

Delicious Old World Wine Values

Stop by the store this Saturday, January 31st any time between 2 and 5 p.m. to taste some terrific Old World wine values.  Yes, we’re going “back to Europe” for another tasting where you’ll get to try some delicious and affordable French and Spanish country wines.

The Wines
Prices range from $11 to $13

1. 2013 Vignerons du Mont-Ventoux Blanc “Cuvée de 3 Messes Basses” – This white wine from the Southern Rhone combines several of the native, indigenous grapes of the region to create a wine with gorgeous aromatics, plenty of citrus and tropical fruit, a clean mouth feel and nice depth on the finish.

2. 2012 Chateau d’Oupia Les Heretiques – Chateau d’Oupia is one of the brave and bold producers of the Languedoc, Minervois specifically, who believe in the potential of Carignan.  Thus, this 100% Carignan cuvée is fermented half in barrel with a 30 day maceration, and half is made via carbonic maceration, a la Beaujolais.  It shows the lovely, dark berry and plummy fruit of Carignan along with some obvious earthy, savory nuancesalong with a smooth and silky palate.

3. 2012 Ercavio Tempranillo Roble – This 100% Tempranillo bottling comes from the dry, flat region of La Mancha in Central Spain.  It is fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak for 8 months before bottling.  Deep in color, rich and ripe in flavor, and packed with sweet berry fruits and spicy, toasty oak notes, it is a very attractive wine to drink now and over the next 3 to 4 years.

Wines of Western Europe

Wines of Western Europe

Join us this Friday, January 30th any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to taste a bevy of affordable and delicious wines of Western Europe.  It’s just $5 to taste 5 wines (free for Grape Nuts), and we’ve got some great selections from Italy, Spain and France to share with you including the 2013 Ostatu Rioja Blanco, one of the Wines of the Week, along with some other great new arrivals from all over the Euro-Zone.

The Wines
Prices range from $10 to $16

1. 2013 Domaine DelSol Picpoul de Pinet – Picpoul is one of the Languedoc’s oldest native varietals, and it is also one of the freshest and tangiest whites produced in the region.  Often compared to Loire Valley Muscadet, this light, high acid white wine offers up tons of clean citrus and apple notes along with notions of flowers and saline minerality.

2. 2013 Ostatu Rioja Blanco – Ostatu’s Rioja Blanco is one of the great white wine values every year.  Composed of 60 to 70 year old Viura (90%) and Malvasia (10%), it is fermented entirely in stainless steel.  The resulting wine shows a level of complexity almost never encountered for less than $15.  Pear, white peach, lemon, mixed citrus, flowers, herbs, and mineral all make an appearance in this impressive white wine.

3. 2013 Les Epinats Saumur Rouge – For fans of lighter, fresher red wines, this is the ticket.  100% Cabernet Franc fermented entirely in stainless steel, this lively and juicy red offers up aromas and flavors of black cherry, cranberry, damp earth, and light mineral.  For fans of Beaujolais and other lightweight reds, you’ll want to try this one.

4. 2012 Masciarelli Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – Masciarelli’s Montepulciano is one of the all-time great Italian table wines.  For less than $15, it delivers a ton of classic Italian flavor with black cherry and damson leading the way, finishing with savory notes of leather, licorice, and spice.  If you’re having pizza or pasta with red sauce for dinner anytime soon, snag a couple bottles of this and give it a whirl.

5. 2012 Altaroses Garnacha Montsant – This is one of Josh’s top 10 reds under $20, and the current release is super.  100% Garnacha from Monstant in the Catalan region of Spain (near Priorat), it performs a bit like a New World Pinot Noir with a lush, sappy core of ripe cherry, strawberry, fresh flowers and spice and a smooth and supple palate.

Turkey Sandwich Wines

Turkey Sandwich Wines

Yes, you read the title correctly!  We know you’ve got leftovers from yesterday’s feast and we also know that by 4:00 on Friday, November 28th, your food hangover will have worn off.  With family still in town, what better thing to do than stop by and join us for a free wine tasting featuring some “turkey sandwich wines.”  In other words, delicious, affordable, classic table wines that can be consumed with or without Thanksgiving leftovers.  Stop by between 4 and 7 pm and bring your family and friends.

As with all of our tastings, all of the tasting wines will be on sale at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix any six of them or 20% off if you mix twelve or more of them together.

The Wines

1. 2012 Marc Roman Terret (Languedoc, France): The Terret grape is native to Southern France and it produces a light, crisp, dry and fruit forward white wine.  With notes of apple, lemon, melon and light floral nuances, it’s refreshing and quite delightful.

2. NV Fossi Bianco (Tuscany, Italy): This classic table wine is composed of Trebbiano and Malvasia and is made by the old Fossi Chianti house.  Light and extremely easy to drink, it flows with flavors of ripe apple, cantaloupe, lemon and spice.  For fans of Pinot Grigio, this will be right up your alley.

3. NV Fossi Rosso (Tuscany, Italy): Fossis Vino Tavola Rosso is composed entirely of young vine Sangiovese, and it will remind those who have traveled to Italy of one of the local house wines they consumed while there.  Simple, juicy, and perfect for drinking with or without food, it’s packed with bright cherry, strawberry and cranberry fruit aromas and flavors.

4. 2011 Marc Roman Malbec (Languedoc, France): This tastes nothing like an Argentinean Malbec………nothing like it!  Instead, you get a medium weight, bistro-style red with friendly notes of black cherry, spice and leather.  This wine speaks more of Southern France terroir than of Malbec, and that’s why we love it.

Table Wine Asheville - Great Values of the Wine World

Great Wine Values of the World

Wine doesn’t have to be expensive to be good!  We live in a Golden Age of Wine and we’re constantly looking for the great wine values of the world for you.  Based on the fact that we’ve been open for over 4 years and have a loyal and loving customer base, we assume we’re doing a pretty good job of finding them.  Guess what, we’ve found some more!  When we speak of value, we’re not just talking about cheap wines that you can put up with because of their cheapness.  We’re talking about good, characterful wines that don’t cost a ton of money.  It’s called QPR (Quality to Price Ratio), and we find it for you and when you come in the store, we explain why the wines we select are such good values and why you’d be troubled to find them anywhere else.  Join us this Saturday, November 8th for a free wine tasting from 2 to 5 featuring a trio of wines that offer tremendous QPR.

The wines range in price from $9 to $14 and all of them are on sale during the tasting at 10% off by the bottle, 15% off if you mix six of them and 20% off if you mix twelve of them.

The Wines

1. 2013 Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio: From the higher altitude vineyards of Italy’s Alto-Adige region, this is one of the best Pinot Grigios we’ve ever stocked for less than $15.  It comes from vineyards that were planted back in the 1940’s, and there’s a serious presence to the wine. Fuller bodied, creamier, riper and richer than most Pinot Grigios at this price point, this one offers up round notes of ripe apple, pear, tangerine, nectarine and spice.  You won’t believe how good this is for the price.

2. 2013 Coto de Hayas Garnacha/Syrah: This one comes from the Campo de Borja in North-Central Spain, a hotbed of Garnacha activity.
It recently scored 89 points with The Wine Enthusiast and was their #14 wine on their Top 100 Wine Values of 2014 list.  Ripe, rich, balanced and spicy, this one displays smoke accented notes of cherry, raspberry, plum and milk chocolate.  For less than $10 a bottle, you’d be hard pressed to find a better wine.

3. 2012 Domaine Amido Cotes du Rhone Villages “Signargues”: Along with the Cercius Cotes du Rhone, this is one of the best selling red wines in the history of the store.  70% Grenache and 30% Sryah from older vines planted in rocky, well drained soils, this is a big, plush, mouthfilling Cotes du Rhone.  Baked raspberry, blueberry, kirsch, smoked meat and white pepper all arise out of the glass and continue onto the palate.  Again, at under $15 a bottle, this is a no brainer.

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Honest and Affordable House Wines

Like a great meat loaf, pot roast, or any other number of “comfort foods,” a great house wine is comforting, affordable, and easy to consume. These are the perfect types of wines to have on hand at all times to open for all sorts of occasions.  Your neighbors are coming over and they don’t “appreciate” your higher end wines, you’ve already downed two nice bottles but want to keep the party going, or you’re having a party and need good honest wines to serve to your guests — all of these scenarios call for good house wines.  You’re invited to stop by this Saturday, November 1st between 2 and 5 pm to taste through a great lineup of budget priced, easy drinking, and easy-to-buy wines from various parts of the globe.  And just because they’re budget priced doesn’t mean they’re not good!  We’ll try a 92 point rated Chardonnay from Southern France that drinks like one that would run you $25+, a classic and traditional Sangiovese-based wine from Tuscany, and a smooth and spicy Merlot from the Rhone Valley.

Even better, this is a free wine tasting to you and all of your friends, and all of the tasting wines will be discounted 10% by the bottle, 15% if you mix six of them, and 20% if you mix a case or more of them.  Prices range from $10 to $15.

The Wines

1. 2013 Domaine Lafage Novellum Chardonnay (Languedoc/Roussillon, France): Jean-Marc Lafage doesn’t know how to make bad wine — we’ve tasted most of his wines, and we’ve never felt the need to spit any of them out.  The new release of his perennial top value Chardonnay might be the best he’s ever crafted.  “A custom cuvee by importer Eric Solomon and a blend of 100% Chardonnay that comes from two separate vineyards, this Cotes Catalanes is aged three months (on Viognier lees) in a combination of Burgundy barrels and stainless steel. Exotic and perfumed, with ample white peach, creme, brioche and subtle nuttiness, it flows onto the palate with a medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully detailed texture that shows bright acidity and fantastic purity of fruit.” 92 points The Wine Advocate

2. NV Caparsa Rosso di Toscana (Tuscany, Italy): Based in Radda in the heart of the Chianti Classico zone, Caparsa is owned and operated by Paolo Cianferoni, a fast talking, passionate farmer and winemaker.  In the words of importer Jay Murrie (Piedmont Wine Imports), “this certified-organic (by CCPB) one-man estate makes compelling wine from old vines in the heart of Chianti Classico, with very little manipulation or modern technology.”  We love Paolo’s Sangiovese-based Rosso, a pure and pretty rendition of the grape that exhibits plenty of fresh and tart cherry, cranberry, earth and spice notes.  We love this one with red sauced pasta, meaty pizzas, and grilled or roasted chicken or pork.

3. 2011 Domaine de Couron Merlot (Ardeche, France): Under the stewardship of Jean-Luc and Marie-Lise Dorthe, this family run estate is nestled in the tiny village of Saint Marcel d’Ardeche in France’s Southern Rhone region.  The estate’s Merlot rootstock originated in Pomerol in Bordeaux and the vineyards were planted in 1974.  All of the fruit is hand harvested and the fermentation takes place in cement vats to produce a pure, rustic and charming version of the grape.  Packed with ripe blueberry, cherry and plum fruit along with subtle notions of spice and earth, this one sells for less than $10 and it doesn’t disappoint.